A Sighting by Ah Man

In early 1879, Detective Ward received word that the Kelly Gang had been spotted at Gundowring, north of Bright, by a friend of Joe’s named Ah Man. According to Ward, “He told me that he saw the four outlaws at Gundowring. I asked him how he knew they were the outlaws. He said he knew Joe Byrne very well, as he often had rice with him, which I knew to be true. I immediately communicated by telegram to Benalla, and two parties of police were sent up to Gundowring, and I received instructions to send a constable in charge of Ah Man to point out the place where he saw the outlaws.” Two parties of police were guided to the spot by Ah Man, but of course, no trace of the Kellys was found.

From The Royal Commission.

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